Ingrid and Banner
To have a Guide Dog is to have your world turned upside down in the most wonderful and remarkable of ways!
Ingrid was born with a degenerative recessive genetic eye disease called retinitis pigmentosa. This disease causes a lack of depth perception, and a complete loss of sight in dark environments. It mainly causes a gradual decline in peripheral vision, and over time leads to a loss of sight altogether, perhaps with some residual light awareness remaining. It is a highly unpredictable, currently untreatable disease - one that Ingrid didn’t even know she had until much too late.
Throughout her life Ingrid’s field of view has been shrinking gradually. At 25 in 2018, this decline became rapid - and now she can only see an inch of the world around her at a time. Suddenly having to face navigating the world with a cane was a daunting and extremely stressful task. Her world suddenly became so incredibly small - small and lonely. Being matched with a Guide Dog became something she had longed for more than anything, and after many months of waiting, finally in June of 2019, Ingrid met her best friend Banner.
The morning he was brought over, she felt like she was holding her breath. She thought she was going to cry, and spent the first afternoon with him in a state of shock. Banner was finally here! It was love at first meeting and he became Ingrid’s shadow from that moment on.
Ingrid knows that even though her remaining sight will diminish over time, she doesn’t have to be afraid, as she has the softest, most gentle and sweet, slobbery Guide Dog by her side to make everything so much better.